Following the recent report by the Care Quality Commission, identifying concerns as to the assessment of cancer diagnosis scans, new research by Public Health England has added further details to the bigger picture of cancer diagnosis.

As revealed in The Times today, the new study has found considerable disparity in the speed of diagnosis for different types of cancer with prostate cancer taking an average of 56 days to diagnose and kidney cancer taking up to 66 days. A new target is to be set of diagnosis within 28 days.

This concern as to the speed of cancer diagnosis represents the belief that, when diagnosis is delayed, it may allow a deterioration in the patient’s condition which can affect their long-term prognosis.

According to The Times, the senior researcher on the study, Professor Greg Rubin of Newcastle University, commented that “even a minimal period of time can have consequences. The longer it takes to provide patients with a diagnosis, the more advanced the cancer.”

Earlier this year, a report commissioned by the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry found that cancer sufferers in the UK have a shorter survival rate in 90% of cancers in comparison with people in many other European countries.

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